Monday, May 2, 2016

A to Z Reflections

I know there will be a special date to post this (5/9?) but we have to get back to our normal schedule around here at the HOUSE!

I appreciate my partners in domestic crime for participating in this time-consuming venture, but I feel we all gained and enriched our blog for doing it! And here's our Really Real Housewives - Around the House from A to Z wrap up:

Liz - The list was huge this year. I'm not sure how many I visited, but at least a hundred or more. I'd say I was most impressed with the number of participants. There were so many, I had a hard time keeping them all straight. I most liked Alex's modified mini-A2Z approach. Proves that we can think outside the box while participating.

Do I have to have a negative? If so, it's that I read too slowly and couldn't visit more blogs.

Tammy - Loved integrating...that's sums it up for me. Meeting new peeps

Ashley - Our newly-wed housewife is in crazy scramble mode - she's moving! Trying to get the house packed and listed with a laundry list of stuff to do from the Realtor. (She did a great job putting together her posts in the midst of such a busy time!)

Tara - I visited about sixty-five blogs and feel like we had a good response. We got about ten new followers, which doesn't seem as big a thing to do as it used to, especially with a lot of blogs using Wordpress which doesn't have the "followers" option. I found several new blogs I enjoyed enough to try them after the challenge and give them a shout out!

That's What Anxious Mom Said - text speak and funny, witty acronyms!
S.T.U.F.F. - and exactly that, in vivid, entrancing, surprising images and photos - check out her X day!
Kissing Authors and Astronauts - blog of Amy Rivers, her voice is spunky, heartfelt, and full of life!
The Optimistic Antelope - Dakota spouts about life from her perspective as a young Christian - a very positive posy of posts!
And if you didn't get to see Heather M Gardner's saga of Stormy the Weather Gnome, you missed a special story! Worth a visit!

Top visitors I plan to visit back this week (month):
Mommy, RN - Cassie is a mom and a registered nurse (duh) and commented on several posts - I think we could learn a few things from her!
Burggraf's Blog - sounds intimidating, but Nicola Burggraf left us lovely comments all month! A real sweetie!
The Multicolored Diary - Zalka had interesting takes on some of our letters!
Getting Schooled - Charly Marlowe stopped by several times and gave us a chuckle!

Plus a big thanks to our loyal regulars:
MJ Fifield, Christine Rains, Jo on Food, Life & Chocolate, Yolanda Renee and C Lee McKenzie!

As an experienced A to Z-er, I know many participate expecting people to flock to their blogs without venturing out themselves. Blogging is a giving thing - you have to give without expecting anything in return, then be pleasantly surprised when you do! I always struggle choosing from the huge list of who to visit. It's impossible to visit them all. I'm always pining about wanting more time...then I just do what I can in the time I'm given.

I'm looking forward to reading what others took from the challenge this year. I believe the Reflections Hop will be a much shorter list of those who put the most effort into it.

Here at the HOUSE, we are getting back on track. And we have a lot of guests lined up in the coming months! Should be a wonderful variety of tips, advice, recipes, and overall fun! I hope you'll join us! Have a great week!


  1. Great wrap up. I didn't get here as often as I should have, but there were just so many to reach. Still I did enjoy the posts I did visit! Congratulations on a job well done, and for finishing such a challenging challenge! LOL

    1. Oh! I meant to put you as a regular! Sorry, Yolanda. I'll add you!

  2. I couldn't imagine trying to tackle the A to Z Challenge while in the middle of moving (which is what I was going last year). Way to go, Ashley!

    Congrats to all of you on completing the challenge!

    1. Thanks, MJ! Your support is so encouraging!

  3. It's so good to have blogging buddies. You have a super team!

    1. yes! yes, we do! and it helps to have super guest posters too, like you!

  4. Enjoyed your A to Z all of you. Good wrap up.

  5. Thanks, Jo! I'll be contacting you soon to do a guest spot if you're still interested!

  6. Hi Tara and housewives extra - the real ones ... sadly I couldn't join in this year .. next year I shall return. For now I was just mighty glad to meet up with old friends and regular friends for the couple of posts I put up - to keep my hand in during April.

    Well done to you all - it's so good having blogging buddies along with us ... cheers Hilary


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